Nominate your local heroes for a special award

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THE MERCURY is looking for the unsung heroes across our area who make a real difference to their communities.

Our second Community Champion awards are your chance to say thank you to those special people who spend their spare time making life that bit better for others.

We are calling on readers to highlight the efforts of people who run community groups, help a neighbour or even pick up litter.

The Community Champion awards will form part of the Mercury Business Awards 2012.

Two awards, sponsored by Cummins Generator Technologies, will be presented during a gala dinner at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre on Tuesday, May 15.

Last year the team award was won by the Castle Bytham Party Girls who hold fundraising events throughout the year to host a Christmas party for older people in their village.

Rachel Miller, of St John’s Close, Ryhall, won the individual award for her efforts to set up a youth group, befriending service and Neighbourhood Watch group in her village.

Readers can nominate an individual or team who they believe goes above and beyond the call of duty to help others, whether by raising money for charity or running a social group.

Mercury editor Eileen Green said: “We know there are people out there doing lots of great things for their communities and we would love it if you would tell us about them.”

Once all the nominations are in we will ask the public to vote for two winners who will be invited to collect their trophies during Mercury Business Awards ceremony.

To nominate an individual or team for the award, fill in the coupon on this page or e-mail to receive an application form.

The closing date for nominations is March 16.